DCKT Contemporary is pleased to present Oblivious Path, MATTHEW CRAVEN’s first solo show with the gallery. Archaeological remains and ruins act as backdrops for forming crypto-historical collages and drawings. Images from lost cultures, relics and landscapes both well-known and extremely ambiguous create the patterns within the works. The results are compositions that highlight a new connection to our past in an aesthetic that is intended to be both cinematic in scope and visionary in perspective.

Understanding that our view of history is deeply flawed and inherently biased, we are left with a puzzle of strange pieces. Oblivious Path combines these puzzle pieces into a new framework. Some of these pieces appear to fit together despite thousands of years and tens of thousands miles separating these ancient civilizations. Using source materials from historical texts, Oblivious Path scrambles our current notions of space and time. The powerful images we are left with cannot be reinterpreted, translated or disregarded. What is left was carved in stone. It is permanent. They are our sacred truths.

MATTHEW CRAVEN lives and works in New York City. He received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in 2010. Other solo exhibitions include Allegra LaViola Gallery (NYC) and Marvelli Gallery (NYC). Group exhibitions include Totem at Asya Geisberg Gallery (NYC) on view on view from September 12 through October 19, 2013, as well as American Collage at Gerald Peters Gallery (NYC), Portait of a Generation at The Hole (NYC), What’s The Point? at Jen Bekman Gallery (NYC) and PaperChasers at Nudashank (Baltimore). CRAVEN recently curated the group exhibition ACID SUMMER for DCKT Contemporary and has curated exhibitions for Nudashank.

The exhibition will be on view at DCKT Contemporary, 21 Orchard Street (between Canal & Hester).

Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11am – 6pm.

For further information, please contact Dennis Christie or Ken Tyburski at the gallery.

Matthew Craven

Oblivious Path
September 7 - October 20, 2013
Opens September 8, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Installation Views



Matthew Craven, Stare, 2013

Bust I

Matthew Craven, Bust I, 2013

Bust II

Matthew Craven, Bust II, 2013

Discover / Uncover

Matthew Craven, Discover / Uncover, 2013

Arrangement I (Unclassified)

Matthew Craven, Arrangement I (Unclassified), 2013


Matthew Craven, Spiral, 2013

Explorers I (Unclassified)

Matthew Craven, Explorers I (Unclassified), 2013

Lil' Devils

Matthew Craven, Lil' Devils, 2013

Oblivion I (Horizon

Matthew Craven, Oblivion I (Horizon, 2013

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